Toyota unveils world’s first urban incubator, designed by Bjarke Ingels Group

Toyota announced plans for a prototype city named “Woven City” on a 175-acre site at the foot of Mount Fuji in Japan.

The Toyota Woven City is conceived as “a living laboratory to test and improve mobility, autonomy, connectivity, hydrogen-powered infrastructure, and industry collaboration”. The structures will utilise mostly mass timber with rooftops covered in photovoltaic panels.

The fully sustainable city can accommodate 2,000 people including scientists and engineers and will be powered by an “ecosystem” of hydrogen fuel cells. Designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), the Woven City will feature mostly timber structures with rooftops covered in photovoltaic panels to power hydrogen cells. Toyota shared that full-time residents and researchers will be able to test emergent technology from the “living laboratory” city, including robotics, personal mobility devices and smart homes.

“Building a complete city from the ground up, even on a small scale like this, is a unique opportunity to develop future technologies, including a digital operating system for the city’s infrastructure,” said president Akio Toyoda in a press release.